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Hyperfine Interactions 199 (2011) 21-27
Temperature measurement of 6He +  ions confined in a transparent Paul trap
X. Fléchard1, G. Ban1, D. Durand1, E. Liénard1, F. Mauger1, A. Méry2, O. Naviliat-Cuncic1, D. Rodríguez, P. Velten1

The LPCTrap setup is a transparent Paul trap dedicated to the measurement of the β-ν correlation coefficient aβν in the β decay of trapped radioactive nuclides. In a first experiment, the system has been used to record ∼105 coincidences between the β particles and recoiling ions emitted from the decay of 6He+ ions. The analysis of the collected data has already shown that the size of the 6He+ ion cloud confined in the Paul trap is a critical parameter, potentially limiting the accuracy on the aβν measurement. We report here the precise determination of the trapped ion cloud temperature and size. This was performed by extracting the trapped ions toward a position sensitive micro channel plate detector at different phases of the RF driving field. We find a temperature Texp = 0.107(7) eV, consistent with the temperature values inferred using two other observables but 20% higher than the temperature Tsim = 0.09 eV predicted by realistic simulations of the ions interacting with the H2 buffer gas.
1 :  LPCC - Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire de Caen
2 :  CIMAP - UMR 6252 - Centre de recherche sur les Ions, les MAtériaux et la Photonique
Intéractions fondamentales
Physique/Physique Nucléaire Expérimentale
Ion trapping – ion cooling techniques – β-ν correlations